Life these days seems just too hectic. And we dont allow ourselves time to dream. We face deadlines, taking kids to sports matches or music lessons, traveling to work or simply having to take work home. Taking time out for silence and space can do your mind wonders. The ideas and thoughts that are bumping around at the back of your mind do not have the chance to bubble up to the front of your mind unless you create time and space. Take a walk in the park If you live or work near a park, regularly plan time to leave the office and walk around. Allow yourself time to dream and not think about routine issues. If you are not near a park, go and sit in a coffee shop or restaurant. Get away from your desk and emails. (Take your notebook to write down anything exciting that bubbles up from the depths of your mind.) If you have the luxury of time, take a week off and relax in the countryside. Stay at a farm for a week and allow nature to rejuvenate you. Find yourself a patch of grass and chill out. But bring your notebook with you. Sitting under a tree in the sunshine, or simply enjoying the calm of country life interrupted only by the sound of animals can allow your mind to slow down and dream. Take time out I remember some time ago I was working hard and putting in a lot of hours. I was very stressed. So I jumped on a London train bound for the French town of Lille. Sitting quietly in Jardin Vauban, I forgot the issues at work and the outline of a book just flowed out. Some people who read this advice scratch their heads and think its not for them. Perhaps they think its too easy, in which case, theyve missed the point. Some think its too much of a cop out. Leave the office to wander around the park when there are important things to do? Actually, failing to take time out to generate new ideas is business suicide. In an era when nothing stays the same for long, its crucial to be leading with new ideas to stay ahead. Just working and doing the same old hard grind can work seriously against you. Change your desk If its not practical to go to the park, go and work at someone elses desk. People cant phone you or find you for a conversation so itll give you the time and space that is so helpful. If you work in your own office, close the door every morning for half an hour to reflect on the previous day, plan the present day and allow your mind the space for ideas to flow to the surface. Youll be surprised at what surfaces. If youre at home and looking after kids, let them occupy themselves for half an hour while you shut yourself in a room. If theyre too young to be left unsupervised, make sure you allow yourself time when they are sleeping. We all have great ideas but we need to give them a chance to bubble up to the surface. Silence and space creates the room for them to surface.
Originally published on June 17, 2011 by SpeakerMatch Speakers Bureau